My husband was just recently diagnosed with PTSD. He has been suffering with this for over 2 years and just recently was diagnosed. However, he is in the military and the doctor suggested that since we move so soon that he wait to seek medical treatment after we arrive at our next duty station. This upset me horribly because I don't know if we have longer to wait for treatment before the situation bursts wide open.
After he returned from Iraq he shutdown emotionally. I know this is a common symptom on PTSD. He was sent on his second tour of duty when things reached their worst. Once he returned he started acting differently towards me. He acts like he doesn't even know who I am. We are having problems being intimate because we both start shutting down emotionally towards one another. He acts as if I am a stranger to him.
My concern presently is that he just told me he wants a divorce because he doesn't feel any love for me anymore. He said that he thinks that he has "supressed" his PTSD and is controlling it without the help of any therapist or medical treatment. He doesn't want to pursue treatment because of fear of ruining his career. I asked if he thinks that what he is saying is related to the PTSD and he said no. However, I don't believe this is true. I KNOW he has not supressed any PTSD on his own it has just gotten worse. I don't even believe he knows what he is saying. Is this possible?
Can someone please tell me if this is common among individuals diagnosed with PTSD?
My husband has been dealing with ptsd for 2 yrs also not much therapy, alot of meds, unable to hold a job, drinking alot more, on july 1 08 he told me he didnt love me and the children any more and wanted a divorce sense then has moved everything out. acts like i dont exsist. all this started when the military put him on medical hold, hes unable to go with his unit to iraq. he has a va disibility rating of 50%, I'm just lost what to do, hes acting unlike him self, I to wonder if the ptsd and lack of therapy is to blame?
My mom was in a very bad car accident about 5 years ago. She was also hit by a car when she was 12 years old. She has no memory of being hit by a car because she was in a coma. When the car accident happend the car ended upside down and she had to get herself from the car before the paramedics got there. She didn't break any bones just scrapes and glass stuck in her eyes and skin. When the paramedics did arrive they put her in the ambulance and told her "you are lucky, you should not have lived through that". The doctors question if hearing that played a part in the PTSD. They also wonder if being hit by a car at 12 also played a part in it. She ended up losing her job over it. She saw 2 different doctors for a short period of time and then decided she would have to work through it on her own. She didnt take anymore meds and started the battle on her own. I couldn't understand the things she felt I could only listen to what she had to say. I could see loud noise set it off. I could see her body shake. I could see her body shut down. I could see the tears and the hurt, but still couldnt understand it. Of course I felt the pain of seeing my mom hurt. Its been awhile now and she is doing a lot better but I still see loud noises on the tv she has to walk away. I dont have much advice just be there and listen to what he has to say. Maybe go to a doctors appt with him and see if you can get a better understanding for what he's feeling.
I too had a major car accident about 10 years ago. I now realize what I went through was ptsd, due to the accident. At the time of going through it, I didnt know what was wrong with me. I startled easily, overreacted, paranoid to drive or ride in a car. At times I was even afraid to go outside of my home. It was terrible. I did not seek medical help. In some ways I didnt want people to think I was crazy-plus I didnt know it was prob ptsd.
I am better now, and I attribute this to time passing. I still have some of the symptoms from that crash. I get very upset if I pass a car wreck for instance. Most of the other symptoms have subsided. Best of luck to your mom.
I think of PTSD as survival mode gone awry. It causes the sympathetic nervous system to be in constant alert, which is the body's stress mechanism. For survival, like before we had our modern infrastructures, the sympathetic nervous system would allow for the individual to react without having to think about what he/she had to do in order to survive a crisis, like a bear, hunting or fighting. When those situations were over, the parasympathetic system would come back into play, bring the blood and energy out of the extremities and back into the organs responsible for digestion, filtration, in general all the things our body just does to keep us working at optimum level.
Ironically with the height of our modern era, stresses are now more prevalent than ever. We are all suffering from sympathetic take over and the parasympathetic nervous system rarely gets to kick the stress of daily life in order to accomplish all it wants and needs to accomplish in our bodies. This is where and when flight or fight mechanisms begin to govern our responses to daily stress. We find ourselves on constant alert.
With that said, those of us who experienced and witnessed things that were of particular horrific awe, like those having to serve in Iraq, a car crash, 9/11, childhood molestation or a rape victim, the body's response to those events actually allowed it to rewrite how it chooses to deal with similar situations or other stress in the future. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I think is a funny description because it actually affects the future of the individual's responses to stress and trauma.
Each organ in our bodies governs a particular emotion. Like fear is housed in the kidneys, as is our will and strength to live and pass along our inherited will from our parents to our children. The body is so adept at protecting itself either from emotional trauma or physical trauma, that what happens post-trauma is nothing short of miraculous. The body responds by shutting down or placing a pause on the functionality of the area most affected, either emotionally or physically. With PTSD there is already an underlying traumatic rewrite, which the body remembers and employs when something happens again. It is the primary goal of the body to avoid pain at all costs. Like in Pinky3's post about her mother, how loud noises set it off, where she physically shuts down, or removes herself from the room, that is exactly what the body is doing on an organ level.
The other thing that I have experienced personally from PTSD is an underlying attempt to remove myself from anything, anyone that I'm not sure I can trust. That means for my relationships, I will shut down when I feel like I'm not being heard, or beliefs compromised. Furthermore, I always have one foot out of the door because I feel that I can fend for myself much better than anyone else could. Relationships get sticky with PTSD because the individual suffering will subconsciously take inventory of everything that isn't right, everything that would destabilize and victimize the individual. Keeping those things at arm's distance is a protection mechanism. I have found great and longstanding relief from these feelings, flight or fight mechanisms by going to an acupuncturist regularly.
Southerngirl200, I empathize with your situation. It is the PTSD talking, but unconsciously. What he's perhaps saying to you, is 'I'm not sure how this relationship will affect my ability to protect myself from future trauma, and I'm distraught at how to proceed in order to avoid trauma again in the future.' A marriage is a partnership where both protect and fend for the other. If he's dealing with PTSD at this level, he is having serious concerns about how to protect not just himself, but you as well. Subconsciously, he is trying to remove himself from any situation that could be traumatic, either to you or to himself. One more thought, due to the importance of his career, perhaps he's afraid that his military endeavors will cause eventual trauma for you.
Thanks for telling me that. Its like the almost exactly how my mom was. She still has it, its just gotten much better. She didn't seek medical help for long because all they wanted to do was put her on meds and she didn't want to do that. She did see a doc for a little while because her work made her. She had a hard time driving but had to do it. She would get nervous if there was things on both sides of her (example: driving in between 2 cars) She didn't like to be in the car when other people were driving. She still can't sit in the back seat because she can't see where she's going. She also didn't talk about it much for fear that people would think she was crazy...
I was diagnosed several days ago with PTSD, but it wasnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t a surprise to me. For years I have thought that maybe thatÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s what was wrong with me. At the age of seven I was hit by a truck fell unconsciously, donÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t remember too much of the accident. At the age of eight a felon broke into our house when we were sleeping and encountered my mother and was choking her, if it wasnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t for my ten year old brother quick reaction my mother would have died, I witnessed the entire thing. At age twenty one I witnessed my 22 year old brother die of a horrible accident that took me over the age. Being only twenty one I never realized how much all that has happen to me took me over the edge. My life has been on hold not being able to understand the reason why I was always sad and disconnected. I am seeing a therapist now, and knowing what I have now gives me hope to finally work threw all that has held me back.